As you know, we dove in to the Christmas season head first this year. The apartment has been decorated, the presents have been bought and the Christmas cards mailed. That leaves the rest of this season for one of my favorite traditions: holiday baking!
With a few social events coming up where I would like to bring something sweet, I figured this was the perfect time to find a fun new recipe with some holiday flair that I could make and share with others. Luckily, I came across this recipe at just the right time!
I adapted the recipe so that it would be for Red Velvet Chocolate Chip cookies. I think red velvet is the perfect twist on these classic cookies to give them a little hint of Christmas! This recipe is simple, and I am going to experiment with it in the future with other cake mix flavors to see if they turn out just as well. I will keep you posted, but for now – enjoy this recipe! It’s a winner 🙂
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes ~18-20 cookies
- 1 bok red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
- 1 egg
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Combine cake mix, egg, oil and butter in bowl
- Mix with electric mixer (I tried by hand at first – no bueno!)
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Scoop onto pan into balls about 1 inch apart. Flatten them a bit with your hand before baking.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes (We did ours for 11.5 minutes and it worked great!)
- Let cool for 5 minutes on cooling rack before transferring from pan.
- Parchment paper is – once again – your best friend when it comes to these cookies. DO NOT forego this method!
- My KitchenAid electric stand mixer is one of my FAVORITE things we got from our wedding registry. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to my grandma Oma for this amazing and generous gift!! I love using it and it is such a great tool – especially when it allows me to whip up delicious treats like this. I think of Oma each time I get to use my mixer and I can’t tell her how much I love it!
- Substitutions: I think white chocolate chips would be delicious in these, or you could add crushed pretzels, heath bars, oreos, or – as the original recipe suggests – milky way bites. Honestly, pick your favorite add-in and give it a try! I stuck with classic chocolate chips this time around so I could finish off an open bag we had in the kitchen, but next time I’ll definitely be experimenting with this part of the recipe.
These were a huge hit, and when it comes to my holiday baking traditions, I can’t wait to make this one a regular feature!
What are some of your favorite treats to make this time of year?
For me, it wasn’t Christmastime at home without copious amounts of white chocolate peppermint bark (and all sorts of other goodies). I asked Nathan this question, and he said he always remembers there being a lot of fudge, buckeyes and chocolate-covered pretzels. Our mamas have good taste!